Early Learning and Child Care – Certificate or Diploma – Vermilion Campus

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Required Courses - First Year

CO 118 Communication Skills 3
This is a course in written communications focusing on the development of effective writing, skills for the work place. Course  content includes skill development in resume and cover letter writing; writing a research paper using APA format; preparing PowerPoint presentations and newsletters; emails and anecdotal reporting.
ED 120 Play 3
This course is an overview of the significance of play in the development of the child. It includes nature and development of play in the environment and explores how early childhood educators co-construct meaningful play experiences with the child and their family. special consideration is given to designing responsive environments and focusing on children's natural disposition to learn in both indoor and outdoor play spaces.
ED 121 Early Childhood Professionalism 3
Explore values, attitudes, ethics and commitment involved in working professionally with young children and families. Roles and responsibilities, conflict resolution and how to be a professional team member examined. Appreciation of family encourages and enhances self-awareness and ability to interact respectfully with children and families. Practice professional interactions such as interviewing skills and making presentations.
HE 158 Health, Nutrition & Safety 3
Examine health, nutrition and safety needs of young children including practical applications for supporting these needs in an early childhood environment.
HS 114 Human Development I 3
This course provides students with an understanding of the developing child from birth to five years.  It traces the changes that occur physically, socially, emotionally,and intellectually during this period in an individual's life.
HS 115 Exploring Exceptionalities I 3
This course provides an introduction to children and youth with exceptionalities by examining the categories and characteristics of diversity.  Issues pertinent to children with exceptionalities and their families are explored.
HS 155 Positive Behaviour Supports 3
The course includes an examination of attitudes, values, and skills within a holistic approach to support social and emotional development in terms of positive behaviour. Opportunities for examining the dynamics of behavior are provided. This course also discusses various strategies to support the development of social and emotional skills and pro-social behaviour. Prerequisites:  None.
HS 180 Curriculum Planning I 3
This course is an exploration of curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation in the areas of art, games, movement and music.  These curriculum areas are explored within the framework of a play oriented, interactionist approach.  This approach enables students to design and implement interactive activities for children.  Students are provided the opportunity to acquire strategies for supporting the development of children within the preschool, school and community setting.
HS 182 Curriculum Planning II 3
Explore children’s literature, language arts, math and science curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation. Research, design and implement interactive activities with children. Emphasis supporting developmental needs of children in preschool, school and community settings.
HS 214 Human Development II 3
Understand changes, physical, cognitive, social and personality, that take place from middle childhood through adulthood. Examine theoretical perspectives of human development through comparison of various assumptions and principles about growth and behaviour. Prerequisite: HS 114.
ED 109 ELCC Practicum I 5
Beginning practicum with emphasis on observation and practical experience working with children. Begin programming based on observations of children's needs and interests. Incorporate early childhood philosophy in a workplace experience. P/F. Prerequisite: Minimum of 10 credits of early learning and child care program course work.
ED 110 ELCC Practicum II 5
Advanced practicum with emphasis on programming based on observation of children’s needs and interests. Incorporate early learning and child care philosophy in workplace experience. P/F. Prerequisite: ED 109 and pass all early learning and child care certificate course work with minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • After completing the first year required courses, students may graduate with a Early Learning & Childcare Certificate.


Required Courses - Second Year

CU 127 Introduction to Microcomputer Software 3
Covers combination of following applications: file management (Windows), word processing (Word), spreadsheets (Excel) and presentations (PowerPoint). Where possible, Health and Human Services examples used.
ED 235 Organizational Relationships 3
Integrates humanistic perspective into organizational frameworks of early childhood settings. Explore policy and procedure in conjunction with needs of children, staff, parents and community. Prerequisites: Early Learning and Child Care Certificate.
ED 238 Early Childhood Foundations 3
Explore historical, philosophical and social influences that form basis of early childhood programs. Examine views of early advocates (educators, philosophers, theorists) and prevailing social conditions, which lead to development of wide range of programs available. Issues influencing early childhood education examined. Prerequisites: ECD Certificate.
ED 243 Emergent Curriculum 3
Designed to apply observation skills and curriculum related knowledge to develop integrated program. Examine narrative descriptions and deal with emergent play-oriented curriculum with respect to child centered and adult facilitated approach. Prerequisite: Early Learning and Child Care Certificate.
HS 202 Leadership Activities 3
This course explores the link between the developmental needs of children ages six to seventeen and program planning for this age group. Students research and analyze community and program resources and plan recreation experiences appropriate for out-of-school care. Emphasis is placed on developing leadership and group management skills while participating in a variety of experiences, which engage school aged individuals.
HS 225 Exploring Exceptionalities II 3
Explore strategies to enable individuals with exceptionalities to succeed in inclusive and other settings. Examine exceptionalities as well as assessment, planning and resources. Prerequisite HS115.
HS 230 Sensory Development 3
Examine brain and sensory development as relates to planning activities for children. Explore sensory integration dysfunction to adapting environments and experiences for children.
HS 240 Family Studies 3
Introduction to family focusing on various ways of viewing family, diversity, economics and social influences that determine family's ability to thrive in society. Explore different ways of viewing the family, issues of marriage, variations in families, parenting, crises, separation, divorce and remarriage as well as practical suggestions in working with families as they face challenges.
HS 242 Interpersonal Relationships 3
Designed to develop interpersonal communication skills individually and in group situations as needed human services. Examine self-esteem and interpersonal relationship resolution skills needed for working with individuals, groups, families and colleagues.
SS 245 Infant and Toddler Care 3
Designed to link theoretical base of infant development to planning, implementation, and evaluation of home based and group settings for infants and toddlers. Prerequisites: ECD Certificate.
ED 230 Practicum III 5
First practicum in second year emphasizes working with children, administrators and parents. Develop and operate community based children's program where you plan and organize the program with guidance from supervising personnel. Spend 150 hours planning, implementing and evaluating child care project and 50 hours participating in individual group and feedback sessions. P/F.
ED 231 Practicum IV 5
Final practicum of second year early learning and child care program. Reflecting and building on previous practicum learning experiences, plan, set up, implement and evaluate own early childhood programs with guidance from supervising personnel. Spend 120 hours working with children and 80 hours engaged in work skills seminars, administrative and interactive roles. P/F. Prerequisite: All ECD second year course work.
Electives (Choose One)

HS 236 Assessment & Intervention 3
This course is designed to combine knowledge related to intervention and case management procedures in human services. Students are provided with a variety of intervention strategies. The students develop their skills related to case management for children, youth and families who face adversity.
YC 218 Animal Assisted Interventions 3
This course explores a variety of issues relating to the field of human services. Students have the opportunity to connect the knowledge from their previous course work to current issues and trends. Emphasis is placed on students developing critical thinking skills by listening to guest speakers, media (DVD) or examining research articles on current topics and presenting findings to fellow students. Prerequisite: Background or current study in human services profession.

Unique in Alberta, and unique every time, the student led play practicum is a one-of-kind opportunity for 2nd year early learning and child care students. Learn more in this video.

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